Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Arent Fox's fashion law blog offers news, analysis, and insights for the industry from fashion attorney Anthony Lupo.

Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Anthony V. Lupo

Anthony Lupo, Fashion Lawyer
Anthony V. Lupo
Fashion Law Group Leader
Washington, DC

Anthony Lupo is a partner at Arent Fox and member of the executive committee. He primarily focuses in three areas: entertainment, fashion, and advertising and data protection. In addition, he chairs the Fashion Law practice.

Anthony is considered to be a leader in the fashion, retail, and e-commerce space. He was named as one of the top three Retail and e-Commerce lawyers in the United States by Law360. Anthony has long been regarded as one of the premier intellectual property attorneys in the country. Chambers USA ranks him as one of the few Tier 1 lawyers for intellectual property, and the Washington Business Journal regards him as the number-one intellectual property attorney. World Trademark Review 1000 describes Anthony as one of only four “Band 1” attorneys in Washington, DC, for both contentious and non-contentious work, and Legal 500 and Super Lawyers magazine selected Anthony for his experience in intellectual property, entertainment, and advertising and gaming matters.

Client Work

Tony is one of the premier fashion law attorneys in the United States. His background in the fashion arena is geared more to that of a general counsel. Specifically, Anthony acts as outside general counsel for a number of high-end European fashion and luxury goods companies handling corporate, real estate, employment, class action, national and global distribution, fulfillment, and California-specific litigation (Prop 65, wage and hour, and false claims and unfair competition). His fashion and luxury goods clients include Lacoste, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Escada, Geox, Benetton, Sisley, Camper, Bebe, DSquared, Just Cavalli, and Maison Margiela.

Additionally, Anthony’s advertising, privacy, and data security experience includes providing guidance on developing and implementing global data privacy and security policies and procedures for a number of leading companies, including Discovery Communications, Sony PlayStation, S&P, Lacoste, LG Electronics, Intersections, Hugo Boss, and Honda. In this regard, he advises clients on issues of data collection, data security, data transfer, privacy, cross-border issues, GLB, the EU Privacy Directive, and privacy as it relates to children. Anthony’s team also has a great deal of experience in advising clients on data breach issues and has been called in to respond to some of the largest data breaches in history.

Notably, Anthony is one of the few attorneys working with foreign governments to revise their intellectual property, which includes:

  • Assisting the Indonesian government in revising its intellectual property laws to comply with GATT
  • Advising the Saudi Arabian government on international intellectual property issues in its effort to join the WTO
  • Advising the Egyptian government on revising its intellectual property laws
  • Advising the Vietnamese government on implementing the US-Vietnam Bilateral Copyright Agreement
  • Lobbying the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Patent & Trademark Office (PTO), and the Copyright Office regarding intellectual property and counterfeiting issues
  • Preparing international licensing and technology transfer agreements
  • Counseling clients on how to protect their intellectual property in foreign markets.

Anthony sits on the board of directors for the Smithsonian National Zoo, Discovery Channel Global Education Fund, Escada, and Lacoste.


Anthony was named a Top Intellectual Property Attorney for 2005 by the Washington Business Journal, and has been recognized as a leading intellectual property attorney by publications such as Chambers USA, World Trademark Review, Legal 500, and Super Lawyers. He has also been recognized as one of the leading technology and Internet attorneys by a number of publications, including PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Counsel.

He often appears on CourtTV and National Public Radio as an entertainment and Internet legal professional and has been frequently quoted by newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Industry Standard, and The Los Angeles Times. He has also testified before Congress on the issue of e-commerce.

Bar & Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar
Virginia Bar


Georgetown University School of Law, LL.M (Masters of Law), 1993
Howard University School of Law, JD (cum laude),1990
George Mason University, BA, 1987



Blog Posts by Anthony V. Lupo

Labor & Employment, International Corporate, Importation & Immigration
New Revelations in the Leather Industry Put Western Footwear and Apparel Companies on their Back Feet

A watchdog organization known as Transparentem has uncovered dire working conditions in the heavily polluted tanneries located outside of Dhaka in Bangladesh. According to Transparentem, men, women, and children as young as fourteen have been working in a highly toxic environment under dangerous conditions with little or no protective gear. Further, Transparentem claims to have tracked the flow of leather from these tanneries to companies that produce shoes and handbags for several leading Western brands. Transparentem’s findings have been reported in a recent news story published by the Associated Press.

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Real Estate & Leasing, Fashion Law Videos
Anthony Lupo and Mark Fawer Talk Fashion-Branded Hotels

Why limit yourself to simply traveling in style when you could also live it? Over the years, fashion designers have branded everything from furniture to luxury food products, yet the emerging trend of branching out into hotel design is becoming increasingly popular. While some have partnered with existing spaces to curate custom suites, others have gone a step further and have actually acquired high end premises to showcase their brands.  

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E-Commerce, Online Distribution & Fulfillment
New Wave of Shipping Fee Class Actions: High Steaks

Omaha Steaks International Inc. recently became the target of a proposed class action lawsuit, in which the company is accused of charging unreasonable shipping fees that were excessive compared to the company’s actual costs.

The plaintiff, Neiman McCoy, alleges that he purchased a jar of Tangy Buffalo Rub from the Omaha Steaks website for $3.99, but then had to pay an additional $15.99 for shipping and handling, a flat rate charged by Omaha for orders under a certain total. McCoy alleges that the cost for shipping would have been less than half of that charge for his order through the United States Postal Service, and that the fee ultimately includes a profit for the company. He alleges that this is contrary to ethical guidelines provided by the Direct Marketing Association.

McCoy is seeking compensatory damages for the proposed class, including full refunds of shipping and delivery charges that were in excess of Omaha’s actual costs, as well as injunctive relief.

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